Is there always a solution for every problem we face? I am a firm optimist, believing that there is always a light on the other side of every situation, that good can come from everything, but at our most pressing trials, it can feel disastrous, like there will never be relief. Going through teachers college while tackling a job and family life definitely has its overwhelming moments for sure. However, after each and every time period where life feels super busy and wears you down to the point of exhaustion, there's a moment of joy that makes it all worth it. Though that moment of joy may not solve a specific challenge we currently have, or may be very brief compared to the long days of work and ongoing efforts to be the best, it is God shining through, supporting us when we need it the most.
Today's Gospel states:'And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd about them, and scribes arguing with them. And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed, and ran up to him and greeted him. And he asked them, "What are you discussing with them?" And one of the crowd answered him, "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer"' (Mark 9:14-29).
Today's reading talks about how some evil can only be healed through time and continuous prayer. In our toughest moments, sometimes there is no instant relief, no solution to the current problem at hand. Though no solution my be present, God is always there by our side. Remember each of the prophets and the challenges they faced, Jonah and the people of Ninevah, Esther facing the king, Moses making continuous attempts to persuade Pharaoh to let his people go free. God helped every one of these prophets, in situations that are much more powerful than our own (even if it doesn't feel like they're small obstacles). It's important to continue to pray, and ask God to let His will be done, to take the burden from you and trust He will bring peace. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you face the challenges in your life.
Today we pray:
Thank You for guiding me to this point in my life. No matter the challenges I face, help me to continue to grow in relationship with You, and always open my mind and heart to trust and love, even when I feel I'm at my lowest point. Be with me Lord.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.